Our mini-series, Movers & Shakers, continues with Rachel Goddard, a partner at Cooley LLP for over 22 years.
Rachel walks us through her path to becoming a lawyer before becoming a partner at Cooley. She explains why she loves her job and what she and Cooley do to assist emerging managers to start their funds. Rachel also shares some best practices on things new managers might now know, like management fees and GP commitments.
We also get Rachel’s perspective on the next five years for venture funds in light of the past few years being a very hot market and non-accredited investors investing in venture funds.
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0:14 - Where did Rachel grow up and how did that shape her view of the world?
0:58 - Did Rachel always want to be a Lawyer?
1:41 - What was the pivot that led Rachel into law?
3:34 - How is Cooley focused on supporting venture capital?
6:04 - What comes up in early conversations with emerging managers?
8:43 - Rachel clarifies some of the terminology used to describe different stakeholders.
10:42 - What are the four documents that Rachel always starts with?
12:15 - What are some best practices on things like management fees and GP commitments?
16:31 - What is the definition of a smaller fund to Cooley?
17:21 - What are Rachel’s thoughts on non-accredited investors investing in venture funds?
20:25 - What do you think the next five years hold for venture funds in light of the past few years being a very hot market?
22:00 - What advice does Rachel have for first-time fund managers and underrepresented fund managers?
25:41 - What is coming up for Rachel, personally?
27:35 - Who is a woman in Rachel’s life that had a profound impact on her and her career?
The Room Podcast is sponsored by our friends at Silicon Valley Bank and Cooley.
In our final episode of season 6 of The Room Podcast, we close out with another incredible guest, Anvisha Pai, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Dover. Dover is a modernized recruiting platform that adapts to your business's needs to connect you with people that you would want to meet and that would want to meet you. In this episode, we and Anvisha discuss her journey as a multi-time founder growing up in Mumbai as the daughter of two doctors. Plus, Anvisha shares recruiting and hiring advice for start-ups and her thoughts on the future of work and hiring automation. For The Room Podcast in your inbox every week, subscribe to our newsletter. 3:40 - Where did Anvisha grow up and how did that shape her view of the world? 4:50 - Did Anvisha always think she was going to become a founder? 6:35 - How was Anvisha’s training as an engineer helpful from a product perspective?9:33 - How did Anvisha go from Product Manager at Dropbox to a multi-time founder?12:28 - What were Anvisha’s takeaways from her experience at the Y Combinator?14:23 - How does Dover automate the initial candidate sourcing? 18:19 - How was Dover's fundraising journey, how did that experience impact the team and what were some lessons learned along the way?22:05 - How has a content marketing approach contributed to the growth of the customer base for Dover?23:53 - How does Dover think about training data sets without creating a potential bias that can be embedded in the data?25:59 - What positive and negatives come from scaling up from a leadership perspective? 28:40 - What is Anvisha’s ...
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